Burn by Linda Howard

By Linda Howard

It’s real what they are saying: cash adjustments every thing. And in Linda Howard’s red-hot novel Burn, the alterations come speedy, livid, and jam-packed with the type of attractive suspense, heart-stopping romance, appealing humans, and dicy company sure to provide the such a lot bang on your greenback. cash definitely alterations Jenner Redwine’s existence whilst she wins a lottery jackpot. however it additionally bills her lots: Her father rips her off and disappears, her fortune-hunting boyfriend quickly turns into her ex, and friends-turned-freeloaders provide her the chilly shoulder while she stops deciding to buy every thing. Flush with new cash, Jenner can’t think ever discovering a spot on the earth of the rich. Seven years later, even though, she’s rubbing elbows with the wealthy, besides the fact that children she nonetheless sounds like a celebration crasher. fortunately she unearths an ally–and a consultant to the rarefied realm of privilege–in shy, kind-hearted heiress Sydney Hazlett, who speedy turns into Jenner’s confidante and surrogate sister. while Sydney invitations Jenner on a charity cruise aboard a luxurious liner, Jenner reluctantly concurs. yet whereas she’s expecting–and dreading–two weeks of masquerade balls, artwork auctions, and preening glitterati, what she will get is extra like a Hitchcock motion picture than a Love Boat episode. Taken hostage by means of a menacing stranger, Jenner needs to cooperate in a mysterious cloak-and-dagger scheme–or else. With nowhere to run, and with Sydney’s lifestyles in addition to her personal in danger, Jenner is drawn right into a video game of dizzying intrigue and harrowing risk. yet as her panic offers technique to excitement, and worry of her captor turns to fascination, Jenner rediscovers emotions she hasn’t had in years–and realizes she’s came upon a lifestyles worthy residing. If she survives.

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Cael had approached Jenner before the argument started, though of course she hadn’t yet realized who he was. He’d stood next to her at the crowded bar to order drinks, and he hadn’t said anything suggestive. No, nothing about this night was playing out the way Bridget had briefed her, other than that a very public argument was taking place. Cael would finesse the details, Bridget had said. He certainly had. Jenner had no idea what would happen next, which was probably a good thing. She wasn’t an actress, couldn’t play along like a practiced con who rolled with the punches.

She didn’t know how to do any of that. She knew what stocks were, sort of, but had no real idea what a bond was or what it did. Scam artists would be waiting in line to take advantage of her—good old Jerry, her dad, would be first in line—and she was lost as to how she could protect herself. After yet another look at the ticket, nausea overwhelmed her and she ran to the bathroom, hanging over the cracked old toilet for a long time even though nothing except hot water came from her mouth. Finally she took some deep breaths, and bent over the sink to splash cold water on her face.

All that was needed was a couple of paintbrushes, a canvas, and whatever colors happened to be lying around. Haphazardly apply the colors, and presto, one big ugly painting. Some men in suits walked past, and she could spot a few people in the offices that were within her limited field of vision. They were all busy, focused, on the phone or poring over papers, or tapping on a computer keyboard. She didn’t see any women. Evidently Ms. Smith wasn’t in any hurry to greet her new client. Uneasily Jenner wondered just how trustworthy financial planners were.

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